To “deliver information” as described by recent educators and Gates is the opposite of the meaning of education. This is the intent of a controlling manipulative group who in our society wishes to govern. To allow that inner person to come alive with imagination, inspiration, and feelings creates real people. Free thinkers do not accept tyranny, laws that deprive freedom, and thought control.
As a public school teacher with more than fifty years experience, I would like to explain about teaching. It is more important to have a teacher with a rational mind, a healthy attitude and an open mind, than a trained teacher that is pushed through a restrictive set of curriculum that promotes everyone being the same.
In the fifties, we taught to the needs of the student, then the school district decided what we were to teach, followed by the state mandates, then the federal government had No Child Left Behind. It has been a slow change of philosophy to create a limited mind set, therefore denying the whole child.
We need diversity and not similarity to make our country strong. We have to have people who think out of the box and are not punished for thinking beyond the current trends of uniformity. When did leaders come from the well-trained ranks? Only if they had the ability to be creative, intuitive and offer ideas beyond the confined thinking of the times is there real education.
Our country has departed from our pioneers in education: such as John Dewey, Jean Piaget, and Abraham Maslow. Friedrich Froebel’s philosophy was that humans are creative beings. These educators provided an innovative process producing real education for pupils. Teachers need to assist a student in finding their own abilities while discovering learning is limitless.
It is not teaching to fill a student with book learning. You cannot teach a teacher to think with his heart. However, a person who is able to encourage others to think from his heart did not learn it from a book. This is the real teaching and is not quantifiable. "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo.